As teachers we sometimes miss interesting, candid comments students make. Paying more attention to what students say adds life to our classrooms and highlights interesting ideas. Sometimes the most important thing a teacher can do is listen carefully and reflect back what students are saying. We forget how important this is, but it is helpful to remember.

# Tag Archives: Education

# Finding domain and range — with color!

Finding the domain and range of functions confuses many students. Using color to code the domain and range separately helps students distinguish domain and range, and thereby helps them find the domain and range for continuous functions.

# Common Algebra Mistake: Interpreting Negative Signs in Front of Parentheses

Tricky area of algebra: negative signs in front of parentheses. This explains how we can help students relate the concept to everyday life, and thereby grasp it so they remember it!

# Abbreviating the Order of Operations

The PEMDAS abbreviation for the order of operations misleads students into thinking they should always multiply before dividing, and always add before subtracting.

# Hopes for Obama and Education

In what direction will Obama take the United States in education? How will he handle the No Child Left Behind law? It’s anyone’s guess, so feel free to guess right here.